Old Treasury Building

Sitting at the top end of Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD, the Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.

The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

What can I see?

The Old Treasury Building hosts the original gold vaults where gold bullion was stored during the gold rush era, as well as rare and historic documents from Public Record Office Victoria highlighting key moments from Victoria’s history.

Come and explore the intriguing gold vaults and you may earn yourself a gold licence!

Open Sunday to Friday (closed every Saturday), Free entry
(schools and groups by appointment ONLY)

Group visits by schools and community groups are welcome by appointment, costs apply. 

'Sailing into Melbourne'  Free Exhibition at Old Treasury


Melbourne is Australia’s most important maritime trading hub; this new show at Old Treasury Building Museum traces Melbourne’s rich port history from 1842 until now.

The exhibition investigates a history of technological change and ingenuity from clipper ships to containerised transport, hand loading to mechanisation and dramatic public works on the waterfront.  ‘Sailing into Melbourne’ offers a fascinating insight into the history of Melbourne’s life as a port city. The shipwrecks, prison hulks, quarantine, maritime defence and troop embarkation.

Visitors can view a series of works from the mid-1800s that look at the darker side of the Port, including records on floating prisons and documents describing the conditions early migrants endured to reach Victoria.

The exhibition features archives, photographs, maps and plans from the Public Record Office Victoria collection.

Behind the Scenes tours

Early Melbourne Paintings & the Executive Council Chamber are part of this exclusive chance to see this private collection of stunning paintings ranging from the 1840s to the 1870s. This collection of wonderful paintings provides an insiders glimpse of the early beginnings of the colony of Melbourne and offers an insight into the life of Melbournians.

Early Melbourne Paintings kindly on loan from the Roy Morgan Research Centre collection.

6 February, 2015 at 11am
or by appointment.

Bookings essential
Cost: $8 Adults
Bookings: 9651 2233 or bookings@oldtreasury building.org.au



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New Exhibition

 School Days

This new exhibition chronicles a history of early schooling, including education for Aboriginal children, migrants, women, and during War Time (1914-1918). It will also discuss the 1872 Education Act, which was the most significant education reform in Victoria, and a world first!

School Days is developed by the Public Record Office Victoria and opens at Old Treasury in March 2015.

Stay tuned for our exciting public program.


School Programs

Primary and Secondary Schools Programs

Programs relate to the AusVELS, in particular History, Civics and Citizenship, and the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).  

 Bookings essential

Phone: 03 9651 2233

Old Treasury Building invites teachers and students to visit the fascinating ‘Victorian Archival Treasures’ exhibitions. Students can discover the stories attached to the rare and interesting original documents, maps and photographs from the state archive collection of Public Record Office Victoria (PROV).

Students can also explore the gold vaults and the impact of gold on early Melbourne and the new colony of Victoria. ‘Growing up in Old Treasury’ relates the story of the caretaker John Maynard and his family who lived in the basement of the building from 1916-1928.

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